The Diocese

The Diocese

The Diocese of Western Michigan offers many resources to support its congregations in achieving greater vitality.  Diocesan programs for parish leaders are offered frequently.  The Diocese includes 8,000 people in 58 communities of faith and is headquartered in Grand Rapids. The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., a dynamic, collegial leader, has served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan since his consecration in 2013.

After years of study and dialogue, the diocesan convention voted in 2017 to complete a diocesan restructuring – moving from five deaneries into three regions. The regionalization has created three diocesan offices – one in the south near Kalamazoo, one near Traverse City, and one main headquarters near Grand Rapids.  Each has a canon missioner to make the diocese more accessible to its congregations.

The Mission of the Diocese is to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom; to teach, baptize and nurture new believers; to respond to human need by loving service; to seek to transform unjust structures of society; to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. 

The Vision is to live our values and be healthy, mission-focused, diverse parishes with innovative, collaborative engagement at all levels. 

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